Worship at Home for Sunday January 31 2021


Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, Words and Music - ©2007 Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Moment of Silence

Opening Collect Prayer*

Leader: Amazing God,

You do wonderful things–big and small–every day.

Open us this day to recognize the miracles of life all around us

so that we might stay resilient and ready to create your reign

on earth as it is in heaven.

People: We praise you for your continued good works,

holding our lives together each day. Amen.

Passing of the Peace (Smile and wave to those around you.)

Hymn: “He Leadeth Me” Small Church Music ‎#73

1 He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate'er I do, where'er I be,
still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, he leadeth me; by his own hand he leadeth me:
his faithful follower I would be,
for by his hand he leadeth me.

Words: John C Gilmore Tune: He Leadeth Me, Public Domain

Recorded by Clyde McLennan for Hymnary.org for use in worship.

Children’s Message

Scripture Lesson:

Psalm 111

1 Praise the Lord!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

2 Great are the works of the Lord,

studied by all who delight in them.

3 Full of honor and majesty is his work,

and his righteousness endures forever.

4 He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;

the Lord is gracious and merciful.

5 He provides food for those who fear him;

he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works,

in giving them the heritage of the nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;

all his precepts are trustworthy.

8 They are established forever and ever,

to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

9 He sent redemption to his people;

he has commanded his covenant forever.

Holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all those who practice it have a good understanding.

His praise endures forever.

Mark 1:21–28

21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Sermon: God’s Resume

Shauna Hannan (Associate Professor of Homiletics, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA) has noted on the Working Preacher Website that Psalm 111 is God’s curriculum vitae (Latin for: course of life).

God’s curriculum vitae (CV) according to Psalm 111, includes a wide variety of accomplishments ranging from establishing and keeping covenants (verse 9) to providing food (verse 5). God has even sent redemption to his people (verse 9).

God shows people the power of his works (verse 6), which have been described as great (verse 2), full of honor and majesty (verse 3), faithful and just (verse 7). These works have been studied (verse 2) and have gained God renown (verse 4).

The precepts of this accomplished one are trustworthy and established (verse 7).

God over the centuries has accomplished a great deal for humanity. The Psalmist praises God with joy and delight and who could not join in such wonder and praise for God who is so worthy of praise. To make sure that people singing this Psalm would remember the accomplishments and attributes of God, the Psalmist uses an acrostic format. Which means that each line begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This Psalm provides an easy alphabetic memory device to remember how wonderful God is. Psalm 112 is also an acrostic Psalm which give instructions on how to be a faithful follower of God.

God is truly great and greatly to be praised for feeding us, being faithful and just and for keeping God’s covenant with the people. Covenant is mentioned twice in the Psalm. If God had a resume, it would be a history of the covenant relationship that God has with God’s people. God made covenants with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all of Israel with the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. God keeps the covenant relationship with God’s people.

Relationship is not easy. God is always having to remind the people to stay in relationship. God so wants to stay in relationship with us that God chose to be one of us in the form of Jesus, God’s own Son. Jesus walked the earth and taught in a way that ordinary human beings like us could understand.

Jesus resume might begin with, Jesus was baptized by John, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, went out into the desert to wrestle with temptation, after John the Baptist is put in prison Jesus begins to proclaim the good news of God. What is that good news? Psalm 111 told us that God loves us, feeds us, redeems us, is faithful and just and wants to be in covenant relationship with us.

Jesus extends that relationship by inviting disciples to follow him. Last week we read bout the call of Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. Now Jesus is in Capernaum on the sabbath and teaches in the synagogue. The people are amazed, because Jesus is speaking with authority. The scribes being human beings like you and me, could not teach with such authority. They could only quote scriptures or a scholar like I have in this message. Jesus being God’s own son had authority.

A man possessed with an evil spirit was in the synagogue that day. Why was a man with an evil spirit in the synagogue in the first place? I like to think that even those possessed by evil spirits and dark troubles are still able to be in relationship with God in the hope that some day that they might be redeemed from their affliction. The evil spirit recognizes that Jesus is the Holy One of God and feels threatened. Jesus being one with authority demands that the spirit be quiet and come out of the man. The spirit does. The man is redeemed from his affliction. Through Jesus this man is restored to right relationship with God. Those who saw it were amazed.

Jesus’ resume is filled with teaching and healing. Jesus wants to be in relationship with us and calls on us to be in relationship with one another. In a nation that is being torn apart by an “uncivil war” it is tempting to choose only to associate with likeminded people. This runs counter to the spirit that all are welcome now matter who they are or were they are on life’s journey.

Two weeks ago, I talked about being a student minister in Berne, Indiana. The Senior Pastor at that church was Rev. Bill Huenneman. He was a mentor to me. On Wednesday night we would have a Bible Study at the church. Every week during Bible Study, a church member would say how good it was to gather with like minded people. Bill told me they next day how much he disliked that statement. Bill explained that as faithful followers of Jesus that we should not only surround ourselves with like minded people. We need to seek out and listen to people who are not like us. People who may not see things our way. We need to be in relationship with those with whom we agree and those with whom we disagree.

Thanks to Bill’s guidance I was able to negotiate being a woman pastor in a time when there were very few of us. I was told that I was the first woman to ever preach from the pulpit in Berne. Someone joked that this community being as conservative as it was, that I might be the last. Still I learned to listen to what others had to say and remain in relationship even when I was told that God would punish me for being a woman pastor.

This patience and living out the love of God for all people by staying in relationship with those who did not agree that woman could be called to be clergy did change some hearts. Years later in another Indiana town, an older pastor from a very conservative church and denomination spoke with me. He said that he and his wife had been praying for me. I said thank you for the prayers, I could use all that I can get. He said that in praying for me and becoming friends with me over the years they saw that I was lovingly and faithfully serving God. Through our relationship and their relationship with God, this pastor and his wife had come to the realization that women could be called to ministry. This was no small admission on his part.

God’s resume reveals that God stays in relationship with us no matter what. Jesus brought that relationship to us in human form. Nothing can ever separate us from the loving covenant relationship with God. Let us keep that relationship with God and one another especially when it is challenging to do so.

Prayers of the People

To God who welcomes all in love,
let us pray for the good of the church
and the concerns of those in need.
We pray for a nation that is torn apart by different ideas of who we should be.
We are deeply saddened and isolated even more so by a pandemic.
We pray for all who suffer from illness and those who grieve loved ones who have died.
Loving God you have created us to be in relationship with You and each other.
Help us to live into those relationships and
To care for those who are like us and those who are not.
Bind up our wounds and heal our troubled spirits.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Silent Prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer

Prayer list:

Simon, Howard, Julia, Ahna, Mike, Josh, Priscilla, Duane, Janet, Grandpa David, Jacob, Jenny, Ann, Dale, Gayle, Don, Cheryl, Dustin, Pat, Student with eating disorder, Tate, Patricia, Roland, Aryanna, Amanda, Virginia, Matthew, Tom, Naomi, Vic, Jennelle, Charlie, James, Rick, Christy, Reagan, Kim, Lee, Kevin, Gaylynn, Liz’s sister in law, Nathan, Jason, Cheryl, Daniel, Betty, Dax, Carter, Jock, Nancy, Pat, Malachi and Karen, Carolyn, Ellen, Shirley, Mary, Karen, Paul, Hal, Richard, Crystal, Edie, Paula, Jim, Judy, Laura F, Shirley, Butch, Joyce., Marcie, Michel, Dorothy L, Corey, Lauren, Anonymous Cancer Patient, Bernice, Mike, Gary S., Linda, Pat, Gary, Laurie Lee, Gail, Brenda, Breana, Dean, Jeff, Terry, Bev, Angie, Mark, Mamie, Dave, Anna, Ruth, Louise, Jim L., Peggy, youth struggling with mental health issues, Shawn, Lindsey, Sue, Janet, Diann, Danna, Janet, Lisa, Joyce and Cheyenne.

Special prayers:

  • For our Nation.
  • Medical workers and more whose lives have been affected by the pandemic.
  • The Family of Nancy Caldwell at her passing on Sunday, January 24, 2021


  • Please consider giving to the Owensville Rosebud Ministerial Alliance this month.
  • Give thanks for God’s presence in your life.

Prayer of Dedication see bulletin.

Going Forth: “Whole Heart Hallelujah

Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, Words and Music – © 2020World Making.net.


God is holding your life even as we hold each other. You are not alone. You are loved. Amen.

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